Ridiculous "squirrel truth" ads to entertain on CTA Red Line soon

Some “ridiculous” ads soon will be coming to the Red Line after a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise $4,000 to pay for them.

The money will fund ads from the Chicago Transit Project in about one in four Red Line rail cars. This is what I wrote about the ads back in July while the Kickstarter campaign was active (from the project website):

With our ads, we will be able to inject a little silliness, fun and absurdity into the everyday lives of hundreds of thousands of Chicagoans. And backers will get to vote on the potential ad copy, so you will have a voice in choosing what goes up in the L cars.

Some potential campaigns include:

Facts About Squirrels – Ads alerting the public to “facts” about squirrels. (Example 1: “FACT: You can’t prove that squirrels aren’t all plotting to sneak into our bedrooms and tickle us in our sleep. #SquirrelTruth.” Example 2: “FACT: Statistically speaking, at least one ‘person’ on this train is actually 7 squirrels dressed up in human clothing. Can you spot him/her? #SquirrelTruth.”)
…Vanessa? – Ads from someone pleading to “Vanessa” to take him back. (Example 1: “Vanessa, I’m not allergic to dogs anymore! Please come back.” Example 2: “Vanessa, please take me back. I wear button down shirts now. It’s a good look for me, I think.”)
Random Pictures of Goats – Ads featuring just pictures of goats, because goats are awesome/hilarious.
Whatever campaign we decide upon, the resulting ads will be silly, fun, and ridiculous. Let me know which one you like best!

The ads are the brainchild of Ben Larrison, a Chicago comedian who also brought you the parody Chicago Ventra Twitter account.

We’re always up for a little fun on the Red Line, so we look forward to seeing what Ben comes up with


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  • Another alleged comedian will inflict his miserable attempts at joke on a captive audience.
    Even the panhandling preachers are funnier than him.

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    In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    Wow, it must be very sad to be you.

  • In reply to Edd Fairman:

    How judgmental of you, Edd. Maybe you can wiz him into something else.

  • I'd prefer the goats.

    Whatever they come up with, I hope it's funnier than the examples they gave earlier.

  • I guess the economy is improving, if people blow $4,000 on Kickstarter for this.

  • Hmm. I think I understand now why that hairy, curiously lumpy-looking person on the Red Line last month kept moaning about missing Vanessa the goat.

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